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Celebrate Bastille Day with FIAF Montclair


French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)



Bastille Day Celebration in Montclair

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Friday, July 14, from 6–10pm

Van Vleck House & Gardens • 21 Van Vleck Street




Bastille Day-Themed Activities for Kids

& FIAF Montclair French Library Opening

                         Saturday, July 8, 10am–1pm

FIAF Montclair • 7 North Willow Street, Suite 7



New York, New YorkJune 29, 2017The Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New Jersey’s premiere destination for French language and culture, is thrilled to announce this year’s Bastille Day festivities,presented as part of New Jersey’s Le French Week festival.


FIAF’s popular Bastille Day Celebration in Montclair returns to the scenic Van Vleck House & Gardens on Friday, July 14 for an evening of music, dance, and revelry. Uniting French speakers, Francophiles and bon vivants of all stripes, this year’s festive soirée kicks off with a special VIP Hour with Champagne & Macarons, and features a Silent Art Auction to benefit FIAF Montclair’s Scholarship Fund for Children.


Children and their families are invited to enjoy free Bastille Day-Themed Activities for Kids on Saturday, July 8 at FIAF Montclair. Kids will create their own lampion du 14 juillet (Bastille Day lantern), enjoy story time in French and English, explore a French Book Fair, discover FIAF Montclair’s brand new French Library, and much more! Plus, each child will be entered into a complimentary prize drawing for a chance to win a free French class at FIAF!



Bastille Day Celebration in Montclair

Friday, July 14: VIP Hour 6–7pm, Garden Party 7–10pm

Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ

VIP Hour + Garden Party Admission: FIAF Members $50; Non-Members $70

Garden Party Admission: FIAF Members $35; Non-Members $45

Tickets available at

For additional information contact Marie-Catherine Glaser at 973 783 0507 |


This festive evening coincides with France’s national holiday, honoring the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern French nation. FIAF’s summer celebration will bring the spirit of la fête nationale to Montclair with an entertaining night of delicious French cuisine, wine, music, and gaiety.


Event Highlights:


New! VIP Hour: Champagne & Macarons!



Start the evening on a sparkling note with exceptional Pol Roger Champagne and mouth-watering macarons from Le Petit Parisien.


Garden Party!



  • Free performance by Marine Futin and her jazz band! Dance to French vocalist Marine Futin’s fusion of jazz, afro-jazz, and blues with pop and folk inflections, and savor her delightful interpretations of French chansons.


  • A French country feast! Indulge in a delicious buffet campagnard (French country buffet) and desserts from Le Petit Parisien; charcuterie from Les Trois Petits Cochons; bread from Montclair Bread Company; French beer from St. Killian; and of course, French wine!  


  • New! Silent Art Auction! The evening will feature a silent auction of paintings, photographs, prints, and collages kindly donated by local artists including Terry Alvare, Nancy Blankenhorn, Emmanuel Brasseur, Laurence de Valmy, Jim DelGiudice, Serges Demefack, Joyce Goldman, Papa Gora Tall, Judy Gould, Carole Lane, Shulamit Lazarus, Mary Beth MacAllister, Jennifer Markovitz, Susan Marx, and Susan Schwei.


Proceeds from the auction will go towards FIAF Montclair’s Scholarship Fund, which provides free or partially discounted classes at FIAF to children.


  • Fabulous Prize Drawing! Each guest will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the prize drawing for a chance to win fabulous prizes like a trip for two to Paris, dinner at Café Bonjour Montclair Crêperie, a Longchamp handbag, Caudalie gift baskets, and lots more.


Guests can purchase extra prize drawing tickets at the event to increase their chances of winning.

$5 for 1 prize drawing ticket or $20 for a book of five.


Must be 21 and over to attend.



Bastille Day-Themed Activities for Kids

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10am–1pm

FIAF Montclair, 7 North Willow Street, Suite 7, Montclair, NJ

Admission: Free with RSVP at

For information contact Marie-Catherine Glaser at 973 783 0507 |


FIAF Montclair invites kids and their families to celebrate France’s national holiday—the theme is bleu, blanc, et rouge(blue, white, and red)! 


Arts & Crafts Workshops (ages 2–7)


Kids will create their own lampion du 14 juillet (Bastille Day lantern), flag, or pom-pom while learning new French vocabulary.

Story Time in French & English

10am / 10:30am / 11am / 11:30am

Kids will discover new stories and favorite characters from popular children's books.

Book Fair & Library Opening

Stop by our French book fair and join us for the opening of our brand new French Library at FIAF Montclair.


Each child will be entered into a complimentary prize drawing for a chance to win a free French class at FIAF.

Ages 2–7

No prior knowledge of French is required.



About Marine Futin

Dazzling, energetic, and truly refreshing! These adjectives come to mind when listening to Qui Danse, the début album of Marine Futin, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer based in Brooklyn, mecca to the greatest jazz musicians. Qui Danse is all about jazz with pop and folk influences, embroidered with aerial arrangements by musicians Nir Felder and Gilad Hekselman on guitars, Ziv Ravitz on drums, and Or Baraket on bass. A newcomer to the international Francophone pop scene, Marine Futin belongs to a still rare breed of singers who devote as much attention to their texts as to their accompaniments. At a time when pop and French music is abandoning musicians for software and other beatbox machines, Marine proves that it is still possible to compose an entirely acoustic yet fundamentally modern repertoire.




Presented as part of Le French Week New Jersey.


Special thanks to Oui, Oui, Je Speak Franglais. Trip to Paris courtesy of Altour.


Food and drinks courtesy of Pol Roger Champagne, Le Petit Parisien, Les Trois Petits Cochons, Montclair Bread Company, and St. Killian Importing.


Snacks courtesy of Michel et Augustin and Noémie’s Pantry.


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